BISMARCK, ND, Oct 21, 2010 -- State Director Jasper Schneider today announced the final tally of stimulus investments in North Dakota through USDA Rural Development. The figures total nearly $200 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) projects that are building a better rural North Dakota.
“The injection of federal stimulus dollars and the state surplus from energy production have combined for stellar success in North Dakota,” Schneider said. “However, to sustain the success our state is experiencing we must reinvest in essential infrastructure. The recovery funds have advanced projects by decades and made impossible projects, possible.”
Through the Recovery Act, USDA Rural Development provided $199,443,380 in assistance to North Dakota through loans, grants and loan guarantees. Investments were made in critical infrastructure to sustain rural economies and ensure their long-term success. The direct impact is shown in the immediate jobs created or saved and the permanent positions made available. The investments will provide opportunities for job creation well into the future.
“When you make a large investment in infrastructure, it puts people to work in the short term and lays the framework for long term economic impact as well,” Schneider said. “There’s a reason we have the lowest unemployment in the country - contractors, engineering firms and all of the supporting industries are benefiting from this substantial investment.”
Through the Recovery Act, Rural Development has financed a wide variety of projects through seven program areas addressing the diverse and unique needs of rural communities. The investments have supported essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, public safety facilities, renewable energy, and broadband technology. The following are some examples of the Recovery Act projects across North Dakota:
● Medical and Emergency Services - $43 million to finance community facility and hospital projects. To address the growing population from energy production in northwest North Dakota, Rural Development financed the Trinity Health Clinic in Williston and the St. Luke’s Hospital in Crosby. A new hospital is also being built in Jamestown that will provide state-of-the-art medical care to the local community and the surrounding region.
● High-Speed Internet - $77 million in financing has been provided for 21st Century infrastructure. Nine telecoms received financing to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to bring affordable and reliable broadband access and video services to underserved rural areas in North Dakota.
● Water and Waste Projects - $39 million investment to provide improved access to clean drinking water and sanitary waste treatment facilities. Cass Rural Water used funding to expand their servicing area to the cities of Casselton, Mapleton, Kindred, Davenport and the surrounding areas. South Central Regional Water District will be completing construction to provide quality, clean and reliable drinking water to the communities of Linton, Strasburg, Hague and State Line Rural Water Cooperative.
● Quality Housing - $34 million investment to provide quality, affordable housing options to rural residents in North Dakota.
The Recovery Act has awarded a total of $899,060,000 to North Dakota, with $199,443,380 through USDA Rural Development. The investments have greatly contributed to revitalizing rural communities and underserved, economically challenged regions. USDA Rural Development will continue to be committed to serving rural communities and will partner with those communities to build strong, thriving economies.
More information about USDA's efforts regarding the Recovery Act is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the economic stimulus is available at www.recovery.gov.